Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholar Program
College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
Student Projects, Summer, 2010:
Lindsay Moneta; Faculty advisor: Dr. Katja Zellmer.
Effect of tiludronate on joint health in horses.
Samantha Pederson; Faculty advisor: Dr. Patrick Chappell.
Effect of melatonin on circardian clock/proliferation of prostatic cancer cells.
Olivier Lafaix, Visiting scholar from Toulouse, France; Faculty advisor: Dr. Kathy Magnuson.
Effect of anti-inflammatory treatment on memory & cognition in mice.
Student Projects, Summer, 2009:
Ragan Garrett; Faculty advisor: Dr. Erica McKenzie.
Pharmacokinetic of dantrolene.
Jennifer Grossman; Faculty advisor: Dr. Michelle Kutzler.
Effects of GnRH vaccination in sexually mature male camelids.
Kate Schoenhals; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Charles Estill and Morrie Craig.
Effect of flaxseed on methyl coenzyme-M reductase levels and methane production.
Student Projects, Summer, 2008:
Brian Dugovich; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Colin Gillin and Michael Kent.
Endoparasites of Sage grouse.
Tessa Fiamengo; Faculty advisor: Dr. Michelle Kutzler.
GRF suppression of cyclicity in mares.
Andrea Lear; Faculty advisor: Dr. Jean Hall.
Selenite and selenate selenium supplementation in sheep.
Jocelyn Riehl; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Erica McKenzie and Elena Gorman.
Effect of repeat abdominocentesis on cell counts in the horse.
Anna Rothman; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Barrett Bulmer and David Sisson.
Proteomic analysis of heart valve proteins via 2D electrophoresis.
Courtney Smith; Faculty advisor: Dr. Chris Cebra.
Metabolic effect of Glipizide and Exentadine in llamas and alpacas.
Student Projects, Summer, 2007:
Stacy Brendtro; Faculty advisor: Dr. Kathy R. Magnusson.
The effects of intracerebroventricular injections of NMDA receptor antagonist on spatial reference memory performance in young and old mice.
Megan Christie; Faculty co- advisors: Drs. Anna Firshman and Christopher Cebra.
Physiologic studies of insulin resistance in camelids: Glucose-dependent arginine stimulation test for characterization of islet function.
Christopher Levine; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Ling Jin and Christiane V. Löhr. Pathogenesis of a new fatal alpha-herpesvirus isolated from an outbreak in Alaskan rabbits.
Rachel Luksic; Faculty Advisor: Dr. Debra L. Hickman.
Characterization of body condition score as a method of assessing health status in rats.
Amy E. Poisel; Faculty advisor: Dr. Michael L. Kent.
From anecdote to evidence: Commercial disinfectants and Cryptosporidium parvum inactivation.
Danielle Schaefer; Faculty advisor Dr. Christiane V. Löhr.
Characterization of (micro)anatomic anomalies of placentas from idiopathic camelid abortions.
Student Projects, Summer, 2006:
Daniel Lewer; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. John Mata, Scott Gustafson, and Christiane Löhr.
Quantitative analysis of cyclooxygenase-1 and 2 expression within the synovium and effects of preoperative use of COX-2 inhibitors associated with canine cranial cruciate damage
Elizabeth Burns; Faculty advisor: Dr. Chris Cebra.
Sensitivity of sucrose McMaster’s dilution technique and Stoll’s flotation technique at different time points for different concentrations of camelid parasite ova and oocysts
Matthew Goetz; Faculty advisor: Dr. Kathy Magnuson.
Effects of antagonizing epsilon2 subunit containing NMDA receptors in the insular and orbital cortex of C57BL mice
Monica Grimes; Faculty advisor: Dr. Michelle Kutzler.
Determination of testicular blood flow in llamas using vascular casting and Doppler color flow ultrasonography
Jaye Hartman; Faculty advisor: Dr. Jean Hall.
Effects of dietary (N-3) fatty acid supplementation on allergen-induced airway inflammation in mice
Jeanne Martin; Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Beth Valentine and Chris Cebra.
Characterization of Lymphoma in 19 Camelids by immunohistochemistry for lymphocyte markers
Student Projects, Summer, 2005:
Brianna Beechler: Faculty advisor: Dr. Craig Mosley.
Pharmacokinetics of propofol in gopher snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus)
Kate Earl: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Christiane Löhr and Barry Cooper.
Characterization and classification of cutaneous feline dermal spindle cell tumors using immunohistochemical staining and polymerase chain reaction for papillomavirus late gene sequences
Rosanne Gilbert: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Michelle Kutzler and Karyn Bird.
Determination of platelet aggregation factors in llamas
Adam Klomp: Faculty advisor: Dr. Manoj Pastey.
Production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies against the hemagglutinin of H5 and H7 subtypes of avian influenza virus.
Lea Schroeder: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Michelle Kutzler and Karyn Bird.
Determination of normal coagulation times in llamas
Daniel Vandermay: Faculty advisor: Dr. Luiz Bermudez.
Screening Mycobacterium avium subsp, paratuberculosis transposon library for genes involved in the invasion of bovine intestinal epithelial cells
Matthew Wesley: Faculty advisor: Dr. Jill Parker.
Effects of different collection methods, storage techniques, and blood contamination on the molecular and rheologic properties of equine synovial joint fluid
Student Projects, Summer, 2003:
Kirsten Eaton: Faculty advisor: Dr. John Schlipf
Use of constant rate infusion of ketamine in alpacas for analgesia as demonstrated by reduced MAC values
Jennifer Edmonds: Faculty advisor: Dr. Michelle Kutzler
Investigative study on the use of Biorelease P LA 150 (R) and Biorelease P LA 30 D (R) to regulate estrous cycle and ovulation in the mare
Dana Hoyt: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Jean Hall and John Schlipf
The use of neutrophil chemoattractant activity in bronchoalveloar lavage fluid (BALF) as a quantitative parameter to distinguish recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) horses from normal horses
Autumn Rankin: Faculty advisor: Dr. Jill Parker
Effects of hyaluronic acid treatment on the mechanical properties of joint fluid in horses
Lisa Schlimmer: Faculty advisor: Dr. Gita Cherian
Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome in laying hens: An investigation into the role of dietary fatty acids
Jaime Ueda: Faculty advisor: Dr. Chris Cebra
Effects of long-acting exogenous insulin on glucose clearance in alpacas
Clarissa Zuver: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Jean Hall and John Schlipf
Evaluation of leukotriene (LT) B4 and B5 production by calcium ionophore stimulated neutrophils from airways and whole blood of normal horses and horses diagnosed with recurrent airway obstruction
Student Projects, Summer, 2002:
Hope Gard: Faculty advisor: Dr. Beth Valentine
The presence of ubiquitin in polysaccharide storage myopathy of horses
Rebecca Jester: Faculty co-advisors: Drs. Chris Cebra and Sue Tornquist
Effects of feed restriction on energy metabolism and factors affecting the development of hepatic lipidosis in llamas
Donald LeHoullier: Faculty advisor: Dr. Scott Gustafson
Feasibility of photodynamic therapy for treatment of equine sarcoid
Jennifer Simpson: Faculty advisor: Dr. Gita Cherian
Electrocardiogram as a tool to investigate the etiology of diet-related metabolic diseases in birds
Student Projects, Summer, 2001:
Lynn Healy: Faculty advisor: Dr. Bechert
Captive pygmy rabbit nutrition
Kelly White: Faculty advisor: Dr. Gustafson
Investigations into photodynamic therapy for equine sarcoids
Sara Wilson: Faculty advisor: Dr. Bechert
Monitoring environmental stress in wild hippos through molecular analysis of stress-activated proteins
Xenia Zawadzkas: Faculty advisor: Dr. Grubb
Comparison of cardiovascular and respiratory effects of desflurane and isoflurane anesthesia in horses
Denise Wilson: Faculty advisor: Dr. Cherian
Stabilizing cardiac arrythmias and sudden death syndrome in broiler chickens through diet